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Residential-style office building proposed near Gainesville Civic Center
Developer Wendell Starke is planning to construct a new office space on a wooded lot near the Gainesville Civic Center. The building would resemble the style of residential business properties along Green Street.

Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission

What: Review of plans to develop residential-style office building at 430 Glenwood Drive behind historic homes on Green Street and adjacent to the Gainesville Civic Center.

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: HR conference room, 311 Henry Ward Way, Gainesville

Local developer Wendell Starke, who manages the mixed-use Mundy Mill property, is looking to construct a new office space near the Gainesville Civic Center that resembles the style of residential business properties along Green Street.

The Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission will review Starke’s request for a certificate of appropriateness at a Monday meeting.

The property once contained a historic residential-style building constructed sometime between 1915 and 1922, according to city records. It was destroyed by fire in 2004.

Starke is proposing a 7,482-square-foot, three-story building facing Glenwood Drive, a closed public street that serves as parking access for the Civic Center.

The brick-clad building will incorporate columns and porches similar to those of residential-style office buildings along historic Green Street, but will have no direct access to the main thoroughfare.

“(It) will function like the others along Green Street,” said Jessica Tullar, special projects manager for the city of Gainesville.

Parking is proposed in the rear of the property and would be hidden by trees and the building itself. Also proposed are retaining wall improvements and a stormwater detention pond.

No tenant is identified in staff reports.  

City planning staff reports that the overall design and scale fits the historic district.

“Given the sloping topography at the end of Green Street, the subject property sits about 20 feet below the street grade of Green Street,” Tullar said. “Very little of the new building will be visible to a pedestrian or motorist traveling along Green Street. It mostly will be the roof that is viewable.”